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Four people in particular who boarded the missing Malaysian plane are being investigated, two for stolen passports and two other passport-related suspects. Those four suspects plus twenty people on board involved in cutting edge electric technology. some used for defense purposes, raise a question with this reporter about electronic weaponry hiding the plane.
Added to the tragic mystery is why not one country checked databases for information about stolen passports used to board the Malaysia Airlines flight.
New electronic weapons allow jamming, blinding, deafening and more, so that a plane could possibly vanish from radar detection and security systems would not be activated. Basic radar Electronic Counter-Measure strategies used in electronic warfare (EW) are: 1) radar interference, 2) target modifications, and 3) changing electrical properties of air.
For example, a U.S. intelligence assessment described to The Daily Beast by current and former U.S. intelligence officials, concluded any Israeli attack on Iran would go far beyond fighter plane airstrikes and would likely deploy EW against Iran’s electric grid, Internet, cellphone network, and emergency frequencies for firemen and police officers.
“For example, Israel has developed a weapon capable of mimicking a maintenance cellphone signal that commands a cell network to “sleep,” effectively stopping transmissions, officials confirmed. The Israelis also have jammers capable of creating interference within Iran’s emergency frequencies for first responders.”
In a 2007, “the Syrian military got a taste of this warfare when Israeli planes ‘spoofed’ the country’s air-defense radars, at first making it appear that no jets were in the sky and then in an instant making the radar believe the sky was filled with hundreds of planes.”
Last year, it was announced that new stealth technology makes airplanes invisible not only to radar, it also renders them hidden to the human eye as well — “just like an invisibility cloak in a Hollywood sci-fi thriller,” reported Military.com.
China had just touted its work on a “cloaking” technology using a hexagonal array of glass-like panels to bend light around an object, obscuring it from view, as though hidden by an invisibility cloak. Experts confirmed that the technology was legit — and not unlike American and European projects from the past few years.
“The general public … might not hear about how far the U.S. has really come, because it is and should remain classified,” firearms expert Chris Sajnog, a former Navy SEAL, told FoxNews.com. “Other countries are still playing catch-up — but they’re closing the gap.”
Military.com stated, “But while classified work progresses, several public projects from universities and military supply companies show just how real this futuristic technology is.”
“Major arms developers such as BAE Systems readily acknowledge work on this kind of technology, such as the Adaptiv program, which aims to hide armored vehicles.”
“The U.S. military is among many who have expressed interest in Adaptiv, which could be transferred to other platforms, such as ships and helicopters,” said Mike Sweeney, a spokesman for BAE.
On the other hand, some experts dispute these new technologies can work at all.
“Invisibility cloak is a poorly chosen term,” Thomas Way, associate professor of computing science at Villanova University, wrote to FoxNews.com in an email. “Invisible to what? We already have stealth aircraft that are invisible to radar (usually), but there is absolutely no way given our current understanding of physics that something could be made invisible to the naked eye… If that’s what they are claiming, it’s a hoax.”
In Electronic Warfare jargon, however, electronic countermeasure exists. ECM is an electrical or electronic device designed to trick or deceive radar, sonar or other detection systems, like infrared (IR) or lasers.
ECM can be used offensively and defensively to deny targeting information to an enemy.
The system can “make the real target appear to disappear or move about randomly. It is used effectively to protect aircraft from guided missiles.
“Most air forces use ECM to protect their aircraft from attack. It has also been deployed by military ships and recently on some advanced tanks to fool laser/IR guided missiles. It is frequently coupled with stealth advances so that the ECM systems have an easier job. Offensive ECM often takes the form of jamming. Defensive ECM includes using blip enhancement and jamming of missile terminal homers.”
Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) launched a major initiative dedicated to serving RF power needs of U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) sector. It has a team of specialists dedicated to supporting defense customers.
Freescale confirmed yesterday that 20 of its employees were on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, twelve from Malaysia and eight from China. The company’s key product solutions include those for electric vehicles, as this reporter highlighted yesterday:
“Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets,” the company says on its website and in its statement today. ”… our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected.”
Freescale says its “key applications and end-markets include: automotive safety,hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com
Freescale’s commercial products meet requirements of applications such as:
•HF through L- and S-Band radar
•Identification, friend or foe (IFF)-
Human rights regarding security and privacy, possibly terrorism
Evidence of terrorism and the human rights related to security and privacy mount regarding the plane that vanished from radar with 239 people on board Saturday, less than an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing. Family and friends are suffering and furstrated with the lack of answers and even clues.
“By late Sunday, the lack of answers — or even many clues — to the plane’s disappearance added to misery of family members left behind,: the New York Times reported. “With Malaysian officials refusing to release many details of their investigation and sometimes presenting conflicting information, the families and friends of victims became increasingly frustrated.”
Officials say fragments spotted in the ocean ealier in the day are not from where the plane last had contact are not plane debris.
While everyone who boarded the plane are being investigated, four are under particular investigation. Two had stolen passports to board the now vanished Malaysia plane. They bought their tickets with two other people who boarded the plane and are also targets of the investigation.
A Chinese national, whose passport number was listed on the passenger manifest, did not board the plane, is still in China and this individual’s passport was never stolen, China’s state media reported.
The stolen passport carriers and the other two suspects have increased officials’ suspicions that the event is one of terrorism, but officials stress that the event has not been declared a terrorist event.
Hishammuddin Hussein, who holds two ministerial positions, said that “the four names are with me,” but added that the investigation was focusing on “the entire passenger manifest.” Hussein also said investigators from the FBI have joined the probe.
Interpol said not one country checked its database for information about stolen passports used to board the Malaysia Airlines flight.
Officials had said what might have been parts of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane were spotted, but later they confirm that the debris is not part of the plane.
The Wall Street Journal tweets Sunday morning had indicated the fragments might be part of the plane, but Vietnamese officials had warned that it was too early to confirm the debris was from the plane.
Earlier, Malaysia’s air force chief told reporters that military radar indicated that the plane may have turned from its flight route before losing contact.
“There is a distinct possibility the airplane did a turn-back, deviating from the course,” Malaysian air force chief General Rodzali Daud said Sunday, citing radar data.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the Boeing 777′s systems would have set off alarm bells.
“When there is an air turn-back, the pilot would be unable to proceed as planned,” he said, adding authorities were “quite puzzled” over the situation.
Sunday, air force chief Rodzali Daud did not say which direction the plane possibly took when it apparently went off route.
“We are trying to make sense of this,” he said at a media conference. “The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back and in some parts, this was corroborated by civilian radar.”
Pilots are supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane does start to return, according to Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.
“From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled,” he said.
Suspected fragments were located around 50 miles from southwest of Tho Chu Island, according to the Wall Street Journal tweets, but these have been found to be debris not from the plane.
The fragments were believed to be a composite inner door and a piece of the tail, Vietnam’s ministry of information and communication said in a posting on its website. They were located some 80 kilometers south-southwest of Tho Chu island.
Flight MH370 had relayed no distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble. Malaysia’s national carrier and the Boeing 777-200 model used on the route are known for solid safety records.
Relatives of the missing passengers camped out at the main international airport in China’s capital, bemoaning lack of news Sunday.
Instead of the airline, a friend had contacted one of the loved ones.
“The airline company didn’t contact me, it was a friend,” a middle-aged woman surnamed Nan told reporters, holding back tears, after finding out her brother-in-law was on the flight.
“I can’t understand the airline company. They should have contacted the families first thing,” she said.
Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, whose coming “Blood Moons” book and documentary describes what he views as a sign in the heavens, will be on the podium for the Prophecy in the News conference in Orlando March 28-30.
So will Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, whose prophecy-related book “Harbinger” kicked aside most competition on the New York Times bestsellers list for nearly two years.
Dozens of other top Christian speakers also will be there.
Bob Ulrich, a spokesman for the ministry organizing the event, says Biltz’s work about the “Blood Moons” has “brought everything to the forefront.”
“Things have us looking for a false peace [in the Middle East]. They have us looking for a major, major conflict in the Middle East, maybe between Israel and their neighbors,” he told WND.
“We’re looking at this strong leader in Russia, a weak leader in America, a once-in-a-lifetime leader in Israel, the situation in Iran,” he continued. “It’s hard not to look at all the pieces and jump to a conclusion we’re very close … to seeing war.”
Ulrich said he’s watching the Middle East “very, very carefully, and closely.”
“We now see the vise that is being set up for Israel, which is surrounded by enemies,” he said. “The world is turning against them. And one friend, the U.S., no longer [is by their side].”
Signup for the conference is available online, and live-streaming will be available for those who can’t attend.
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The “Blood Moons” phenomenon is a series of four eclipses that will occur this year on two Jewish holy days and again next year on the same Jewish holy days.
The last time the same sequence happened was in 1967 and 1968, when Israel recaptured Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. Before that, it was in the 1940s, when Israel was born.
It didn’t happen in the 1800s, not in the 1700s. Not even in the 1600s.
It did occur in the 1400s, in 1493 and 1494, when the Jews were expelled from Spain.
“Four total lunar eclipses happening the next two years herald possible war in the Middle East as well as global economic collapse,” Biltz told WND.
He says historically, this sequence of solar eclipses has been a sign, foretelling important events such as the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.
“Two happened right in a row at the time of destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and on feast days,” he said.
Pastor John Hagee agrees that something is looming.
He was invited by Fox News to discuss the significance of four eclipses that will take place in 2015 on the Jewish Passovers, April 4 and April 15, and the Feasts of Tabernacles, Sept. 28 and Oct. 8.
In his new book, “Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change,” he confirms that significant events relating to the Jewish nation have happened each time the eclipses line up.
“This is something that just is beyond coincidental,” Hagee told Fox News.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Joel states: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:31)
In the New Testament, Jesus is quoted as saying: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. … And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:29-30)
Acts 2 states: “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”
Also speaking is Cahn, whose “Harbinger” and accompanying documentary “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” show how the same judgments of God recorded in the Old Testament appear to be happening in America today.
Other speakers include Chuck Missler, Bill Salus, L.A. Marzulli and William Koenig.
The signup for streaming includes 30 days of access post-conference and a discount on a set of DVDs that will follow, Prophecy in the News said.
WND reported last year when another Prophecy in the News Summit in Colorado Springs was sold out.
Islamists create climate of fear to curb free speech
“The Flag! Our Flag! It is still there! Our beloved red, white and blue. May God be praised.” ~Francis Scott Key
“We’re kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag…” Johnny Cash
Every country has a flag, some are older, some more expressive than others, but I’d venture to say every country shows pride in their nationality by the flag they fly.
Canada’s flag is simple, yet most who see it, know its Canada’s flag, as the Maple Leaf has been a symbol of Canada since the mid 1700’s. The first flag to fly in Canada however was St. George’s Cross when John Cabot landed in Newfoundland in 1497. Later, Jacque Cartier landed at Gaspe, flying the French Naval flag. Since the mid 1800’s, the flag used officially for Canada, and her military was the Red Ensign flag which also bore the Canadian Coat of Arms. The Red and White Maple Leaf flag was officially adopted in 1965 to replace the Union flag of Great Britain.
Great Britain’s flag, commonly known as the Union Jack, combines the crosses of the countries united under one Sovereign – the kingdoms of England and Wales, of Scotland and of Ireland (Northern Ireland). It combines the crosses of Britain’s patron Saint, St George, Scotland’s St. Andrew which was added in 1606 and the cross of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland which was added after the Act of Union of Ireland with England (and Wales) and Scotland on 1 January 1801. The Union Flag which was originally a Royal flag has been flown ever since.
France’s flag is tri colored Blue, White and Red and dates back to 1789 before it was adopted by the French National Convention as France’s official flag in 1794. From 1564, the French flag bore three gold fleurs-de-lis on a blue background. In 1604, the field of the French flag was changed from blue to white.
During the early part of the French Revolution, three colors were brought together and in 1789, a militia was formed and its flag was made up of the ancient colors of Paris, blue and red. Louis XVI came to Paris to recognize the new National Guard, and white being the symbol of royalty, was added making the tri colored flag. The constitution of 1946 and 1958 instituted the “blue, white and red” flag as the national emblem of the Republic of France.
Spain’s Flag consists of three horizontal stripes with red on top and bottom, gold in the center with the coat of arms of Spain, featuring the Royal Crown. Historically Spain was divided into many kingdoms, which had their own flags or emblems which are now represented on Spain’s national flag. With the Spanish Constitution in 1978, the current flag of Spain was designated the official national flag.
Mexico’s flag is made up of three colors and an eagle emblem. Some say Green represents hope and victory, White for the purity of ideals and Red for the blood of their national heroes. Others believe Green is for independence, White for Roman Catholicism and Red for Union. There have been revisions to the flag with the last being in 1995 with the passing of the modifications of the Flag law which was issued in 1995. The Flag is most prominently flown on Mexico’s Flag Day of on February 24th and also on their Independence Day, September 16th.
United States’ flag has been the symbol of America’s unity, strength, pride and inspiration for 200 years. In 1776 General George Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above his base at Prospect Hill where the Americans were laying siege against the British. That flag had 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner. Later that year, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag, and on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
Between 1777 and 1960, Congress passed acts that changed the arrangement of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to represent the admission of each new state. In 1959 an executive order by President Dwight Eisenhower allowed for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically.
Today our flag has thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies; the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
Our Flag has been written about and is the subject of our National Anthem, as Francis Scott Key penned his poem during his night vigil in the harbor watching the British bombard Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Except for the number of stripes and position and number of stars, the flag has been the same basic style since its inception. The flag has always represented independence and the faith, loyalty, bravery and spirit of the patriots which have made America great and free. Our flag has always been a symbol of freedom for millions around the world.
Our flag has been battered, tattered, stepped on and burned- all in the name of freedom, paid in blood and sacrifice by those who have fought and still fight to defend our freedoms. Our flag, the Stars and Bars have been bought with the priceless cost of those who have, and still fight and die for it.
In times of peril, Old Glory has been known to fly upside down as it’s supposed to only when the country or life is in severe distress. People have flown it upside down to protest the government, more so in the past few years as they see our nation in more distress and danger than ever before.
It seems that not only our country is in peril from within and without, as our federal and some state governments continues to ignore the Constitution, but our flag is being stripped of everything it has flown for over the past 200 years.
As a newer citizen, I never believed I’d see the day when Americans sat back and allowed the flag to be pulled down, abused and given the back seat by other nations’ flags or censured at schools across the country. I never thought I’d see it disrespected and defaced by using it in such a blatantly politicized way for a campaign or from people worshiping a politician.
This is not only about recent events such as the latest ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court to allow the Morgan Hill Unified School District to censure students’ rights by ordering kids wearing shirts which feature the American Flag to either turn them inside out or send them home. All because of threats of violence and because of Cinco de Mayo celebrations by Hispanics, our kids are denied their rights, and our Flag is considered offensive.
9th Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote, “Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence… (The past events) made it reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real.”
Have any of these people considered instead of ordering American pride and our Flag be shoved aside, to forget having a Mexican holiday celebration? Oh I know, I can hear the outrage now. I’m not going to apologize for thinking that if some can’t keep their anger under control or find their feelings hurt, then that’s not the fault of kids who want to show their American pride. People claim that these kids are only trying to provoke a response by displaying flags or wearing these shirts on the day that Hispanics celebrate a Mexican holiday. The point is, we are in the United States, we are not in Mexico, and American kids should be allowed to wear clothing if it respects our flag and our country without being threatened with violence, detention or suspension. Those who fought for our country, our Flag, gave these kids the right to wear clothing which respectfully displays the flag.
Speaking of those who have fought, how many times have we read stories where our Veterans have had to remove their flags take down their flags, their flagpole or hide their flags, and not to mention other flags honoring veterans and troops, and even crosses from their memorials. Thankfully some of these cases were over turned, but the fact remains that too many times, those who have personally paid for our freedoms are being stripped of theirs. This is America, and this kind of behavior should be unacceptable.
John Adams once said, “[America's] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is in the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is FREEDOM, INDEPENDENCE, PEACE. This has been her Declaration; this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.”
Other nations have laws punishable by prison for disrespecting their flags. America has pride in our Flag because of the freedom it represents- even the freedom to be ungrateful. Our Founding Fathers guaranteed our God given freedoms by embedding them in the Constitution, but when will people start respecting and honoring those who have fought to keep our freedoms? When are more Americans going to start appreciating what we have been given and stop bending over to those who don’t hold any allegiance or honor for our Country?
America’s Glory is our Liberty which has been bought and paid for by tears, blood and lives. Please people, start acting like it.
(The Blaze) – A proposal in Missouri to nullify certain federal gun control laws could actually mean jail for federal agents who try to enforce them.
The nullification legislation passed the House General Laws Committee on Thursday, the Associated Press reported, after having passed the full state Senate last month.
The bill says any federal law impeding Missourians’ Second Amendment rights is null and void. Federal agents enforcing such laws could face civil or criminal penalties up to one year in jail with a $1,000 fine.
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The effort might be futile, as courts have generally ruled that states can’t nullify federal laws. However, recent court decisions have also been more friendly to the individual right to bear arms. But it’s unlikely that Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon would sign the bill, after vetoing a similar measure last year.
The Missouri bill also says that school personnel may carry concealed weapons in school buildings. The bill must still go to the House Rules Committee before moving to the floor. One provision of the bill allows concealed gun permit holders to openly carry firearms even in cities that ban open-carry.
The Second Amendment Preservation Act passed the full state Senate by a 23-10 vote, and was sponsored Republican state Sen. Brian Nieves, who believes it’s important to secure liberties, despite what a court may rule.
“I am proud to say that we have passed arguably one of the strongest Second Amendment protections in the country,” Nieves said last month after the bill passed the Senate.
The bill doesn’t specify which federal gun law would be nullified, but mentions fees, registration and tracking policies that “have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership” of guns and ammunition by law-abiding citizens, the AP reported.
The National Rifle Association actually announced its opposition to the legislation because of an amendment in the Senate bill that required stolen guns be reported within the first 72 hours. Even after the Senate took the provision out, the NRA said it was neutral.
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I'm proud to announce that my novel, The American Shahanshah, will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, March 23, 2014. Its a Philadelphia love story, a story for the nation.
I'm proud to announce that my novel, The American Shahanshah, will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, March 23, 2014. Its a Philadelphia love story, a story for the nation.
A story of an Iranian immigrant boy who leaves his land ruined by war and Sharia law for a land he's always dreamed of, only to find empty factories and abandoned neighborhoods. He's forced to work on a cab to support himself even tho' he's only 16. because of his youth, he's an easy target. One night, two men put a gun up to head and rob him. He's so distraught he's thinking of suicide but instead he goes into a church and prays. It is during his prayer, he asks for a buddies to hang out with and a girl to love then he leaves thinking himself crazy for having prayed to a crucifix. The next day, a dispondent Shahyad sits in his cab. Its pouring out but then the sun comes out suddenly when a teenage girl gets into his cab. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Start Looking At The Bright Side
It’s time for a new beginning! Let this day be the day where you start to live life praising God! When good things happen, you say, “Praise the Lord!” When bad things happen, you say, “Praise the Lord anyway!”
Start to live life praising God. Find something good about your country and praise God for it. Find something good about your church and praise God for it. Find something good about your spouse or children and praise God for it!
When you start looking at good things, you will feel so blessed, so rich. Being rich is not a matter of having lots of money. Some people say, “If I have a million dollars, I’ll be rich and happy.” No, you can have a million dollars and still feel poor—always looking around and wondering, “Who will take this from me? How long will this amount of money last?”
So stop majoring on the negative or bad things in your life today. Don’t spend your time and energy constantly focused on what’s not right with your circumstances. Jesus said that the lamp of the body is the eye. When you keep focusing on what is evil in your life, your eye is bad, and your whole body will be full of darkness. But if you keep looking at the bright side—at His goodness, mercy and favor toward you—your eye is good, and your whole body will be full of light!
Obama Pushed Ukraine to Destroy Thousands of Tons of Guns & Ammo – Leaving Them Defenseless
I say let's show these GOP's who they are messing with. Let's get all those Tea partiers IN
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) didn’t merely say Tea Party candidates challenging him and other established Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections don’t pose much of a threat.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Image source: AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
McConnell’s prediction is arguably more along the lines of fighting words.
“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell told the New York Times. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
As TheBlaze has extensively reported, McConnell’s most notable opponent is Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who is contrasting himself as a true conservative and blasting McConnell’s conservative credentials.
“Mitch McConnell is clearly in trouble in this primary or he wouldn’t be attacking Matt Bevin and declaring war on conservatives,” the Senate Conservatives Fund’s Matt Hoskins said in the Times’ Saturday story.
But a survey released last month by GOP firm Wenzel Strategies found McConnell with a 42 point lead over Bevin, while a Bluegrass Poll pinned McConnell’s lead at 26 points, the Huffington Post noted.
The Kentucky primary will be held May 20.
Yes, government waste, fraud and abuse are the triplet children of incompetence, greed and unbridled ambition.
But these sins of public trust begin and end with dishonesty.
And Joseph E. Schmitz has seen a lot of lying by the government to taxpayers in his lengthy legal career.
Schmitz, who served as inspector general of the U.S. Department of Defense from 2002-05, in an interview with Watchdog.org said, “no political party has a monopoly on waste, fraud and abuse and corruption.”
But he said he has seen some troubling patterns of deceit in the Obama administration.
Exhibit A, according to the attorney: Benghazi.
“I still represent whistleblowers, and I see the people in this current administration just blatantly lying — lying to American citizens, lying about people trying to redress grievances,” Schmitz said. “These huge scandals start with dishonesty.”
Conservatives have been critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, an assault that killed four Americans — including a U.S. ambassador.
A Senate Intelligence Committee report released in January criticized the Hillary Clinton-led U.S. State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing the attacks.
The long-delayed bipartisan report asserts the State Department failed to increase security, although it had been repeatedly warned to do so, and it faulted intelligence agencies for not sharing information.
“The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,” the panel said in a statement.
The report was released a year after Clinton, in aggravation at a Senate committee hearing on Benghazi, asked U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., “What difference does it make?”
“Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans,” Clinton said. “What difference — at this point, what difference does it make?”
Schmitz, like myriad other conservatives, said the State Department’s actions, or lack thereof, made a big difference in the outcome of the attacks.
“From my standpoint, whoever wrote those fallacious talking points that (then U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations) Susan Rice repeated to citizens in government, those blatantly dishonest talking points that were propagated by senior officials. And nobody has been held accountable,” the former inspector general said.
Schmitz has been critical of the administration’s foot-dragging on replacing cabinet-level inspectors general. In a June 2013 op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Schmitz pointedly offered this question: “With so many scandals breaking in Washington, one may well ask: Where were all the inspectors general when these bad things — at the IRS, at Justice, and at State before, during and after Benghazi, for instance—were going on?”
His answer: “The sad truth is that in the Obama administration many of the most important IGs mandated by Congress simply are not in place.”
Schmitz points out that for several years, President Obama “neglected his duty” to fill vacant inspector general posts at the departments of State, Interior, Labor, Homeland Security and Defense.
“At a time when American confidence in the integrity and transparency of the federal government has been shaken, inspectors general can help Washington get back to basic principles of accountability — but only if the IGs are properly appointed and allowed to do their jobs,” Schmitz wrote in the op-ed.
In May 2012, there were 10 inspector general vacancies, half of which were at cabinet-level agencies, and four of the positions had been vacant for several years. Obama last year finally appointed a State Department watchdog, following a five-year vacancy.
Schmitz said one of the biggest problems he saw during his time as Pentagon inspector general during Republican President George W. Bush’s administration, and what he sees playing out in Democrat Obama’s tenure, is a lack of leadership.
“People are called on to make tough decisions. The person in charge is supposed to ake hard decisions, and they wouldn’t be able to make a decision because lawyers would come along and make a decision by indecision,” Schmitz said. “That’s abusive, and I’m speaking as a lawyer myself. One of the biggest problems I saw was lawyers getting involved.”
For three-plus years, during times of war and crisis, Schmitz had a “pretty up-close-and-personal perspective” view into the Bush White House. He said he saw mistakes made, saw people “generally trying to do the right job but got bad advice.”
Bush received plenty of criticism for his decisions and the advice he followed during his two terms – “Weapons of Mass Destruction” in Iraq arguably the most pronounced.
Schmitz, too, had his own share of controversy as the Pentagon’s watchdog.
He resigned in 2005, as the Los Angeles Times reported, “amid accusations that he stonewalled inquiries into senior Bush administration officials suspected of wrongdoing.”
The resignation came after a congressional investigation inquiry into whether Schmitz had blocked two criminal investigations. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, at the time chairman of the Senate’s Finance Committee, accused “Schmitz of fabricating an official Pentagon news release, planning an expensive junket to Germany and hiding information from Congress.”
Schmitz was exonerated of any wrongdoing by the Integrity Committee of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency in 2006.
As the L.A. Times piece pointed out, Schmitz “comes from a family that is no stranger to controversy.”
“His father was the ultraconservative Orange County congressman John G. Schmitz, who once ran for president but whose political career ended after he admitted having an affair with a German immigrant suspected of child abuse. Schmitz’s sister is Mary Kay Letourneau, the Washington state teacher who served more than seven years in prison after a 1997 conviction for rape after having sex with a sixth-grade pupil with whom she had two children. After Letourneau’s release from prison, she and the former pupil, now an adult, married each other.”
Schmitz bristled at Watchdog’s question about his famous family.
“Everybody has people like that in their family,” he said. “That has nothing to do with my integrity of my professionalism,” he said.
While he has family in Milwaukee, Schmitz said he doesn’t believe he is related to Milwaukee-area attorney Francis D. Schmitz, who is serving as special prosecutor in a secret John Doe investigation into conservative organizations. Francis Schmitz, too, said he does not believe he is related to Joseph Schmitz.
The former inspector general wrote the book on watchdogging waste, fraud and abuse – literally. He is the author of “The Inspector General Handbook: Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Other Constitutional Enemies, Foreign and Domestic” and “The Forgotten Preamble: Introduction to the Bill of Rights Gives More Meaning to the Tenth Amendment.”
While he credits investigative news organizations, like Watchdog.org, for doing the work government officials have failed to do, Schmitz acknowledges the job of an inspector general is difficult.
“The position is not fun. I wouldn’t recommend being an IG for anyone,” he said.
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